Corsair Neutron XTi 960GB SSD Including RAID-0 Review

Conclusion

Corsair Neutron XTi 960GB SSD Review

Conclusion

When it comes to modern SSDs, it is hard to get the balance right between pricing, performance and capacity. Yes, you can now get 1TB M.2 NVMe SSDs, but these are often at a price level which is simply unfeasible for the majority of builds.

Even when not considering pricing, M.2 NVMe drives are currently not able to offer capacities of over 1TB, again making SATA drives like the Corsair Neutron XTi look a lot more attractive.  

Right now most consumers are best off getting SATA/AHCI SSDs over an NVMe, with SATA III offering compatibility with pretty much any modern system and coming in at a much more affordable pricepoint. While Corsair's Neutron XTi series are designed to offer premium SATA performance, in our testing it has more often than not topped our graphs, making this drive much faster than a lot of its peers.  

At £379.99 for the 960GB version, £167.99 for the 480GB version and around £760 for the 2TB version these drives are certainly not the cheapest SSDs on the market, though they do offer some of the best performance that is possible on SATA today. 

When looking at Corsair's specifications and our results we can see that Corsair's drives operate exactly as intended, offering chart-topping read speeds for SATA SSDs and a 5-year warranty to back that up. Corsair is confident that their Neutron XTi series of drives will both perform and stand the test of time, which is something that is great to see. 

Aesthetically the Corsair Neutron XTi series has a red enclosure which is covered by a large plain sticker, leaving all of the important details of the drive hidden on the rear and leaving only the drive's branding on display inside your case. This small touch will make this SSD look great in most systems, provided that you like the red colouring.  

When running two of these SSDs in RAID 0 we found that the performance of this drive scaled very well, offering nearly double the sequential read and write performance, often competing well with our selection of M.2/PCIe SSDs. 

While the Corsair Neutron XTi is on the more expensive side of the SATA SSD spectrum it offers unparalleled sequential read performance and they come in a range of capacity and price points to suit many budgets. All-in-all Corsair's Neutron XTi SSDs are certainly worth looking at if you desire premium grade SATA SSD performance, particularly if you are looking for large storage capacities coupled with fast performance to invigorate an aging laptop or have your games load that bit faster. 

When it came to choosing an award for the Neutron XTi it was a difficult task, as while this drive does offer top-tier performance in the SATA SSD category there will always be those who will argue that "it is just another SATA drive" and that "NVMe is the way forward" but it is still an SSD that can be called nothing short of "performance grade". Because of that we have decided to give the Corsair Neutron XTi the OC3D Performance award, as more often than not this SSD topped our graphs in the SATA category and offers capacities that NVMe SSDs cannot match right now without having to mortgage your kidney. 

 Corsair Neutron XTi 960GB SSD Review

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13-09-2016, 19:27:08

Kushiro
Oh another review by WYP. Gotta say, for the price, doesnt look like I will be swapping out these 2TB EVOs anytime soon.Quote

14-09-2016, 12:44:14

Dicehunter
Wouldn't mind a 960GB SSD although it's a little out of my range at this moment.Quote

16-09-2016, 09:48:37

Mike-Irish
Ha anyone got any idea of a price for this SSD? And haw it compares with the likes of the Samsung's equivalent .
Cheers'
MikeQuote

16-09-2016, 11:23:46

Greenback
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Originally Posted by Mike-Irish View Post
Ha anyone got any idea of a price for this SSD? And haw it compares with the likes of the Samsung's equivalent .
Cheers'
Mike
In the conclusion

"At £379.99 for the 960GB version, £167.99 for the 480GB version and around £760 for the 2TB version these drives are certainly not the cheapest SSDs on the market, though they do offer some of the best performance that is possible on SATA today. "Quote

16-09-2016, 16:43:43

WYP
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Originally Posted by Mike-Irish View Post
Ha anyone got any idea of a price for this SSD? And haw it compares with the likes of the Samsung's equivalent .
Cheers'
Mike
This drive is designed to be a competitor to the Samsung 850 Pro with similar pricing, with the Samsung drive having the advantage of faster 3D V-NAND and this Corsair Drive using more chips of traditional planar NAND.

Corsair has made some smart decisions when it comes to this drive's firmware and controller setup, though given the limitations of SATA etc both the 850 Pro and the Corsair Neutron Xti will perform very similarly during day to day use.

Price to performance wise it is hard to beat the Samsung 850 Evo right now, and Intel's 600p NVMe M.3 drive is looking really nice ATM.Quote
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